Ely Bear Researcher Dr. Lynn Rogers Sues Minn. DNR

By KBJR News 1

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 10:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Following Monday's meeting with Gov. Mark Dayton and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, Dr. Lynn Rogers filed a temporary restraining order against the Minnesota DNR.

Dr. Rogers said he hoped for a reversed decision at Monday's meeting, when that didn't happen, he said he had no choice but to file the temporary restraining order against the DNR.

Gov. Dayton denied Dr. Rogers request on Monday, but said Dr. Rogers could seek a review by an administrative law judge.

In the suit filed Tuesday, Dr. Rogers asked the court to allow him to continue his research and putting radio collars on wild bears.

Dr. Rogers said the suit is a more timely option considering his research permit expires next week.

"I had hoped that we'd come to an agreement in the meeting, but we didn't and I just have no choice, it's one of the costs of continuing research," said bear researcher, Dr. Lynn Rogers.

According to the lawsuit, by offering Dr. Rogers a hearing to challenge the DNR's denial of the permit, the DNR is treating its June 28th decision as a "final decision", regardless of an administrative review.

The DNR says Dr. Rogers' practice of hand-feeding bears has made them too accustomed to humans, something Rogers has strongly denied.

The DNR is expected to respond to the suit later this week.

The courts are expected to hear the case on Monday July 29 at 9 a.m.

Rogers permit expires on July 31, when all radio collars must be removed from the research bears.

Jeremy Brickley